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vulnerable

adjective uk   /ˈvʌl.nər.ə.bl̩/ /ˈvʌn.rə-/ us    /ˈvʌl.nɚ.ə-/
C2 able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked: I felt very vulnerable, standing there without any clothes on. It is on economic policy that the government is most vulnerable. Tourists are more vulnerable to attack, because they do not know which areas of the city to avoid.
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noun [U] uk   /ˌvʌl.nər.əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ /ˌvʌn.rə-/ us    /ˌvʌl.nɚ.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
You want a doctor who understands the patient's vulnerability.
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